Today I noticed an irony on the SIM Centre website: our Twitter sidebar widget, which does a lovely job of displaying tweets from all those who are connected to the SIM Centre, wasn’t showing tweets from the SIM Centre itself. I realized that was because our sidebar was fed by a Twitter list called @Simcentre/sim-people, which didn’t include @SimCentre. Easy enough to fix — right?
Actually, it’s not so obvious how you go about adding yourself to your own Twitter list, even though there are lots of reasons to do so. (If you’re creating a list of influencers in your field, for instance, don’t you want to include yourself?) If you look at your own profile page, you won’t be able to access the drop-down menu that gives the “add to list” option when you’re looking at someone else’s profile. And the alternatives that Google turned up were either too hardcore (do I really need to learn Ruby in order to solve this problem?) or too dated (this methodology relies on switching to “old Twitter”, which is no longer an option).
Happily, I came up with a quick and easy workaround myself. Using HootSuite, it’s easy to add yourself to your own Twitter list. All you have to do is open your own profile within HootSuite (just click on your username in a tweet that mentions you, as per #1 in the screenshot below), click “add to list” (#2) and then select the list you want to include yourself on (#3).
If you aren’t already using a Twitter client, this is yet another reason to start (here’s how). And if you aren’t yet using Twitter lists — well, that is going to rock your world too.
Thanks for sharing this great tip! We enjoyed this article at HootSuite HQ. Keep an eye out for a mention in a News Roundup on our blog.
Thank you for this! I don’t know why Twitter eliminated the ability to add yourself to your own list… this is a great fix! Cheers!
Thanks, pretty annoying Twitter won’t let you add yourself anymore. Great work around.
Thnx a lot!! really helpfUL!!
Thanks. Quite helpful.
So helpful – thank you!!!
Thanks so much Alexandra! I was on one of my lists — must have put myself on there using the old version of Twiter, but I could never figure out how to put myself on the new list we use most often. This was more than helpful — it was huge. Thanks so much for the post!
Mate, you are a genius! Thanks
This was very helpful, Alexandra. Thanks for sharing!
I’m using Tweetdeck and I’ve always been able to add myself to one of my Twitter lists using the built-in drop down menu.